Sunday, August 13, 2023

Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

 Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is the 2nd book by Taylor Jenkins Reid that I have read.  I have enjoyed both of the books.   The prior read was an audiobook of Daisy Jones and the Six.  I plan to read another one of Reid's books later this year- Carrie Soto is back.  

Evelyn Hugo is a fun book that is based on the life of a Hollywood starlet.   The story is reputed to be loosely based on Elizabeth Taylor, Ava Gardner and  Rita Hayworth's lives.  I enjoyed how on the surface it is a fun and engaging book with snippets of the life of the famous.  There are deeper topics covered within the story.  

Additionally, the format of the book is a somewhat different approach.  Monique is called by Evelyn Hugo to hear her life's story and publish the biography upon Evelyn's death.   The book delves into both of their characters and what drives their personalities.  The reader is not really sure whether they should like Evelyn or dislike her.  Evelyn believes she lived her life as true as possible given the circumstances of her fame.   She doesn't regret her decisions and says she would do it all again.   It is hard to be sure if that would really be the case but it certainly makes for a polarizing character in the story.  

If you are looking for a relatively light read that does address deeper issues and gets you to think this is a great choice for you.  

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn HugoThe Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

very engaging read. hard to put down

Jenkins Reid certainly addresses some questions about people and how they define their truths to themselves. Evelyn Hugo was viewed by the public as an icon and celebrity this book shows the cost and benefits of this fame. If you ever wish you were famous this book will make you think twice about having the world wanting to know your business. And this was before social media

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Challenge Prompts

The Challenge Prompts I will use this for are:  

  1. Goodreads and Reading by the Numbers #ReadingByNumbers2023 Book #  92
  2. Library Love  #LibraryLoveChallenge  Book # 75  
  3. Virtual Mount TBR #VirtualMountTBR2023   Book #84
  4. Back List Reader  #Backlistreader  Book #65
  5. Historic Fiction  #histficreadingchallenge   Book #6
  6. 52 Book Club  #the52bookclub2023  #  25 A Fashionable Character
  7. 52 books in 52 weeks  #22 book to movie
  8. Around the Year in 52 Books #49. A book posted in one of the ATY Best Book of the Month threads in 2022 or 2023  
  9. BooklistQueen  #booklistqueenreadingchallenge2023  #14. Recommended by a Librarian
  10. Beat the Backlist #BTB2023  #14  a character is lost royalty
  11. PopSugar #popsugarreadingchallenge #11 A book about or set in Hollywood
  12. Pick your Poison  # 67 A book you want to dive into
  13. Diversify your reading #DYRC23   August: Contemporary Fiction
  14. Read Around the US   Aug California
  15. TBRChallenge  #TBRChallenge  July 19 - Opposites Attract

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